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Inaugural Winter on the Fox: Aurora’s RiverEdge Park is illuminated when the City of Aurora turns on the power of its first-year Winter on the Fox interactive light display to include special features such as larger than life-size ornaments, stars, gift boxes, and reindeer. Mayor Richard Irvin was joined by special guests to officially open Winter on the Fox during the community-lighting ceremony Friday. The ceremony included performances from high school choirs, a singing Santa Claus, and Will the Fire Flow Artist, a Metea Valley High School graduate. He helped warm up the night with an energetic fire routine including fire fans and blazing staffs. The light displays will be turned on each evening from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Friday, January 4, 2019. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Inaugural Winter on the Fox in Aurora:

Aurora’s RiverEdge Park is illuminated when the City of Aurora turns on the power of its first-year Winter on the Fox interactive light display to include special features such as larger than life-size ornaments, stars, gift boxes, and reindeer. Mayor Richard Irvin was joined by special guests to officially open...

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Downtown Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl Friday, Dec. 7 was a hot treat for those participating in the First Fridays event led by Aurora Downtown. At the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Meredith Kober, left, from Aurora, and Heidi Semenek, from Oswego, receive candy canes in addition to their cocoa. Hot cocoa sampling was unlimited with $5 purchase of the blue custom Cocoa Crawl mug created by Auroran Stephanie Wheatley. All 800 mugs created were sold. Participating locations included: All Spoked Up, Aurora Art Studios, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Branch Gardens, Endiro Coffee, PME Cake, Calla Lily Tea Room, David L. Pierce Art & History Center, Santori Public Library of Aurora, SciTech Hands On Museum, Tavern on Broadway, Tredwell Coffee, Two Brothers Roundhouse, Waubonsee Community College, Wyckwood House, and Zen Loft Wellness Center. Free Trolley service was offered to the First Fridays locations in the downtown. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl:

Downtown Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl Friday, Dec. 7 was a hot treat for those participating in the First Fridays event led by Aurora Downtown. At the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Meredith Kober, left, from Aurora, and Heidi Semenek, from Oswego, receive candy canes in addition to their cocoa. Hot cocoa...

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West Aurora Cemetery Annual Meeting

The West Aurora Cemetery Board of Trustees will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29. Anyone with family members buried at the cemetery, 607 Wilder Street in Aurora, is welcome to attend. Community members who are interested in this historic cemetery are welcome. The cemetery, the oldest...

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December in Aurora provides unique holiday attractions

By Deena Sherman –  December is one of the best times of the year to live in Aurora. We mix the best of universal holiday traditions with some unique Aurora area attractions. From Phillips Park to Blackberry Farm, there are fun things to do across the City. One of my...

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Aurora City Council Honored members of the Tomcat Youth Football League, left. Last month, they clinched the 2018 State championship for the Bantam Level in a 38-12 victory against number 3 ranked Grayslake Colts. They are: Victor Aguilar, Giovanni Briseno, Nehemiah Brown, Adan Colin, Benjamin Corral, Emilio Correa, Peyton Cowles, Salvador Esquivel, Mason Estrada, Emmanuel Gomez-Corona, Angel Gonzalez, Abraham Hernandez, Jaxson Mendoza, Adan Mondgragon, Julio Montemayor, Javier Munoz, Nathan Romero and Jesus Oscar Sanchez. Head coach is Steven Lange and assistance coaches are Jeremy Graham, Tony Estrada, Sergio Briseno, Alberto Gonzalez, and David Clow.

Aurora Council passes $434 Million budget

By Jason Crane –  Aldermen for the city of Aurora government voted unanimously to pass the $434 Million budget while aldermen voted 8-3 against giving a tax rebate to Aurora residential property owners at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, was hoping to use $2...

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Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could save taxpayers an extimated $160,000 per year. • A request was made for a special use permit for a Ricky Rockets fuel center at the Southwest corner of Orchard Road and Jericho Road. The proposed facility would be a gas station, car wash, convenience store, multi-tenant building and future out-lots, and hospitality use. The plan could be approved next month. • A property tax rebate in the amount of $45 will be mailed to each residential property owner who submits an application by December 17. The application can be found on the Village of Montgomery website. Jason Crane/The Voice

Installation of solar panels for the Fox Metro Reclamation District could save taxpayers $160,000

Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could...

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Strike ends for Geneva teachers

The teachers strike in Geneva School District 304 to speed up negotiations came to a conclusion last weekend with a tentative agreement. Two-thirds of the teachers voted Monday to accept the agreement and return to schools. The agreement was for five years. Prolonged negotiations and the strike which started Tuesday,...

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Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. - Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other organizations to protest the injustices and separation of immigrant families. They are calling for an end to the historical repetition of atrocities and injustices perpetrated on immigrants. Jason Crane/The Voice

Candlelight vigil for immigrant families:

Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. – Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other...

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Marilyn Weisner holds a plaque presented to her husband, the Thomas J. Weisner Award for Excellence in Education Collaboration, at Saturday’s We Care Together Party and Auction at the Santori Library of Aurora. He was the first recipient. Left is John Savage, president of the Aurora Public Library Board, and Daisy Porter Reynolds, the APL executive director. Submitted photo

New: Thomas J. Weisner Award

By Miriam Meza –  The Aurora Public Library and Foundation offers to thanks to everyone for attending the We Care Together Party and Auction December 1. It was a night full of laughter and joy, giving to a great cause, and honoring of members within our community. One of the...

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Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall are: • To encourage new multi-family housing and mixed-use developments in and around the Fox Valley Mall property. • New housing encouraged at strategic locations within easy access of transit and commercial uses. • Support infill and redevelopment of underperforming properties. The plan can be seen at the city government of Aurora’s website. Jason Crane/The Voice

City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house

Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall...

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Geneva Christmas Walk Friday, Dec. 7 with the annual appearance of Santa Lucia

Geneva’s Christmas Walk:

Christmas preparation arrives in Geneva Friday, Dec. 7 with the annual appearance of Santa Lucia, top, and Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, below.  Santa Lucia passed out Swedish cookies, and Santa made his Geneva debut to open his Gingerbread House. Events included carolers, lighting of the Great Tree on the...

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Retired teachers still care: Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) donates approximately 300 hats, mittens, and scarves to Communities in Schools (CIS) Aurora officials for distribution to needy kids. From left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Kathy Navota, AARTA Supports Kids co-chair; Faith Lashure, president, CIS; and Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director. Al Benson/The Voice

Retired teachers still care:

Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) donates approximately 300 hats, mittens, and scarves to Communities in Schools (CIS) Aurora officials for distribution to needy kids. From left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Kathy Navota, AARTA Supports Kids co-chair; Faith Lashure, president, CIS; and Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director. Al Benson/The...

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Aurora Junior Woman's Club Santa’s Fun Fest raises funds for children's dental services. Mark Krueger/The Voice

Aurora Junior Woman’s Club Santa’s Fun Fest raises funds for children’s dental services

The Aurora Junior Woman’s Club raises funds for Aurora Children’s Dental Service at the AmVets in Aurora recently. Games, face-painting, crafts, and raffles filled the day. Mark Krueger/The Voice...

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Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic; Alaina Fleming, Rosary; Emma Gatz, Metea Valley; Shruti Kolli, Waubonsie Valley; Cassandra Kuissi, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; and Araceli Mercado, West Aurora. Aurora Navy League 247 sponsors the annual luncheon to honor Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans. Al Benson/The Voice

Pearl Harbor Day luncheon in Aurora offers salute, awards

Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic;...

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Chorus: Castles, Carols, Cathedrals

The Fox Valley Festival Chorus will present “Castles, Carols and Cathedrals: A British Isles Holiday” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Rosary High School Auditorium, 901 N. Edgelawn Drive in Aurora. “Castles, Carols and Cathedrals” will feature holiday songs from the British Isles, traditional Christmas carols, and modern...

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Jennifer Flory, left, points to information at the Holiday in the Grove in Sugar Grove Saturday on her Alison Flory Foundation. The event at the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School was a part of Sugar Grove’s holiday celebration. Carter Crane/The Voice

Holiday in the Grove

Jennifer Flory, left, points to information at the Holiday in the Grove in Sugar Grove Saturday on her Alison Flory Foundation. The event at the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School was a part of Sugar Grove’s holiday celebration. Carter Crane/The Voice...

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Will County reports vote totals

Will County clerk Nancy Schultz Voots thanks Will County for voting in the November 6 general election. Below are the statistics for this Election: Total registered voters: 429,647 Total vote by mail ballots cast/returned: 24,768 Total early voting ballots cast: 48,355 Total election day ballots cast: 176,174 Total same day...

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Inaugural Coca Crawl, mugs, warming trend at First Fridays

First Fridays will stay warm with hot cocoa Friday, Dec. 7 when the Aurora Downtown is host to the inaugural Cocoa Crawl. It is part of the monthly event, and mugs are proving to be a hot commodity. Three-hundred Cocoa Crawl mugs will be sold at event starting at 5...

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John Jaros, executive director of the Aurora Historical Society, gives a presentation to members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. In continuous operation since 1906, the Aurora Historical Society is one of the oldest institutions in the Chicagoland area. Jaros showed a slide show from the archives including the Wright Brothers airplane flight demonstration in 1910 and presidential visits. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Historical Society shares a look at the past

John Jaros, executive director of the Aurora Historical Society, gives a presentation to members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. In continuous operation since 1906, the Aurora Historical Society is one of the oldest institutions in the Chicagoland area. Jaros showed a slide...

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